Quo Vadis' 1951 Movie Rare Behind The Scenes Original Memorabilia Concept Art
In the late 30's MGM decided to start work on the epic movie'Quo Vadis' and epic is not a large enough word to describe what went on behind the making of this movie. Taking almost 12 years from the time they obtained the rights from the heirs of Henryk Sienkiewic, the author of the novel, the movie was released Nov. Just some of the items and objects that had to be obtained or made were 52,400 yards of fabric to make the 32,000 costumes, 15,000 sandals (all hand made) and 13,000 items of jewelry..... Just to start the list. Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Patricia Laffan and Buddy Baer were some the leading actors. Walter Pidgeon was the un-credited narrator. Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren (new-comers) were un-credited but had scenes as Christian slave girls. Everything in this volume are true and original works of art. This volume with the sandal designs was the copy for Herschel Mc Coy who was credited with the title of costume designer. His name is on the front cover. This large volume contains 47 color drawings/sketches for some of the main characters in the movie. Two even have leather and ribbon samples stapled to the art work. On each drawing you will see information in pencil in English and Italian about who would wear the shoe, what scene and I think how much the cost would have been. Some have penciled Italian names on the back which may have been the ones who did the art work or designers and illustrators from Italy. The colors are still bold and bright and done in paint and looks like watercolor over the pencil sketch. I tested a very small piece and the pencil does erase so there is more proof they are originals.
Two typed pages in the front give names and information. There is a two page large foldout that appears to be a sizing and measurement sheet and maybe there was one for each actor.... The paper the art is on is a heavy paper and measure about 8 1/2" x 11" each and the binder is 11" x 12 1/2". The two front pages were typed on thin typing paper and some browning and small tears appear but the sandal drawings are in great condition for being over 70 years old.
There are many fantastic original costume designs for clothing but none for shoes/scandals. I think the volume should stay intake but when you have it, it is yours to do what ever you want.
If they were to be framed and matted individually, what a statement wall that would be. There are so many sketches that I will be changing them out so you can see them all. I can only put 12 at a time. These are pieces of Hollywood's art history.
They are rare original art sketches that do not show up on the market place very often. If you want the other volume also, I will make a fantastic price for you. Thanks for reading all this and be looking for the photos to change. The item "Quo Vadis' 1951 Movie Rare Behind The Scenes Original Memorabilia Concept Art" is in sale since Sunday, September 13, 2015. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Storyboards & Concept Art". The seller is "justgoodoldstuff" and is located in Houston, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Italy